U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
SECRETARY OF LABOR
MAY 7 1998
MEMORANDUM FOR ALL DOL EMPLOYEES
|FROM:||ALEXIS M. HERMAN /s/ AMH|
|SUBJECT:||DOL Policy on Equal Employment Opportunity|
The Department of Labor (DOL) is an equal opportunity employer. Discrimination, in any form, because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation is prohibited in actions involving DOL employees, and applicants for DOL employment.
It is my belief that the Department should not only preach but practice inclusiveness, fairness, and the participation of all employees in all facets of the Department. To abide by this practice is the responsibility of every DOL employee.
Practicing equal opportunity in the workplace allows us to take fullest advantage of our human resources in accomplishing our mission. As Secretary of Labor, I am committed to fostering a work,place that is free from discrimination, promotes a climate of mutual respect and personal growth, and capitalizes on the strengths that a diverse workforce brings to bear on the important work of this Department.
In support of this effort, several months ago, I convened a Diversity Task Force and charged the Executive Staff to look within DOL and examine ourselves. The purpose of this Task Force was to promote a dialogue with employees on equal opportunity issues and concerns within DOL. The Diversity Task Force issued a report which contains recommendations on how we can foster a work,place where each employee is valued and treated with dignity and respect. Each employee has been sent a copy of the report, and I ask each of you to commit yourself to doing your part in accomplishing the goal of an equal opportunity workplace here at DOL.
On the reverse is the Department's EEO policy statement. I ask that each employee read this policy carefully and assist me in achieving its purpose.
It is Department of Labor (DOL) policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants for employment and employees of DOL. Therefore, discrimination, in any form, because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation, is prohibited.
Equal opportunity for all employees is an integral part of accomplishing the mission of DOL. As Secretary of Labor, I am committed to fostering a workplace that is free of discrimination in any form. I believe that the Department, as a model employer, should be committed to the principle that it not only preaches but practices inclusiveness, fairness, and the participation of all employees in all facets of the Department. This necessarily requires all of us to work together in creating a work environment that is perceived by all employees as fair and equitable.
Achieving this objective will require that each of us practice respect for one another, understanding that everyone employed here at DOL adds value to the work of this Department.
I expect every DOL manager and supervisor to be knowledgeable about and active in carrying out the Department's EEO policy, and to be rated annually, as part of their performance evaluations, on their ability to manage and develop people in keeping with this policy.
I expect every DOL employee to contribute to a work environment in which his or her coworkers can feel respected and valued.
I expect the Civil Rights Center, OASAM, to monitor compliance with this policy and the affirmative employment and nondiscrimination provisions of all applicable laws and regulations, and to assist me in promoting a dialogue to identify areas which serve to prevent us from achieving this policy.